Professional Development

Windham Child Care Association’s Annual Professional Development Calendar

Windham Child Care Association offers an ongoing program of professional development classes for early educators.  These learning opportunities enable early educators to earn the training hours required to remain registered or licensed by the State of Vermont.  In addition, the program positions them for the Child Development Associate (CDA) professional credential, higher-ranking status in the STARS program, and further degrees.

Spring/Winter 2017 Course Listing:

To read full descriptions, please visit our events calendar.


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Fundamentals For Early Childhood Professionals

This 45 hour course is based on the early childhood core competencies – Level I. The course meets the education requirement in the Vermont child care licensing regulations for Teaching Assistants and lays a good foundation to obtain the CDA credential. Successful completion of the Fundamentals course plus a year of experience and a current IPDP (Individual Professional Development Plan) can make you eligible for Level I in the early childhood Career Ladder.

Fundamentals Course Schedule

Fundamentals Registration Form

Colleges and Certificate Programs

For more information about other professional development opportunities in the community, including Licensure, Bachelors and Associates degrees, click the link below.

Colleges and Certificate Programs

How Much Training Do I Need to Take?

The child care licensing regulations of the State of Vermont require a minimum of:

  • All registered family child care providers and licensed center-based teachers: 15 hours per yearGardening With Children Workshiop
  • Specialized Child Care providers: 6 additional hours per year on topics that meet requirements for advanced specialized care
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program participants: 2 additional hours per year on food/nutrition-related topics.

All of our training attendance is sent to the state’s Bright Futures Information System each month. You can access your personal training records in BFIS at any time. You are responsible for keeping track of your training hours, and we recommend that you check your BFIS account every six months to be sure it is accurate and up-to-date. Windham Child Care Association can also print out a record of all training that you have taken through our agency. For further information about required professional development, or questions about your training record, you may contact Tonya Kangas at 802-254-5332 x 319.

Professional Development Pays!!

Did you know that you can get paid for achieving professional development milestones? The Child Development Division (CDD) offers bonuses for educators who document their achievement on the Northern Lights child care career ladder. You can find more information and applications for Level Certificates and CDD bonuses at: